Amid problems with the voter registration section of the Colorado Secretary of State’s website ahead of tonight’s midnight deadline, a Pitkin County election official on Tuesday offered some advice.
Citizens unable to access the state’s website can go to pitkinvotes.org and print a voter-registration form, said Dwight Shellman, the county’s elections manager.
He advised filling the form out and signing it and dating it; would-be voters can then scan the form and email it as an attachment to Shellman at firstname.lastname@example.org  or fax it to his office at 920-5196.
Citizens can also take a photo of the completed form using their smart phones and email the photo that way, Shellman said.
“As long as we receive it by 11:59:59, they’ll be fine,” he said.
The only people potentially affected by the state website woes are those who are not registered at all in Colorado. Shellman said his office can handle registration updates for people who have perhaps moved and need only to change their address.
The Secretary of State’s website was inundated with people trying to register today, said Rich Coolidge, a spokesman for the office.
That left many getting a message that said: “If you are receiving this error during regular business hours, we apologize for the inconvenience. This application is experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again at a later time.”
Coolidge said the site Tuesday afternoon was receiving 100 registrations a minute.
“We’re having a ton of traffic coming through right now,” he said. “We’re having some slowness as a result of that.”
Like Shellman, Coolidge said those trying to register can print the form out and, if they get a time stamp showing today, can mail it to: Colorado Department of State, Elections Division, 1700 Broadway, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80290.